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A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.



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Stanley Goodspeed, who lives in Washington D.C., is a biochemist who works for the FBI. Soon after his fiancée Carla Pestalozzi announces that she is pregnant, Stanley gets a call from FBI director James Womack. Womack tells Stanley that San Francisco's Alcatraz Island has been taken hostage, along with 81 tourists, by marine General Francis Xavier Hummel who, for years, has been protesting the government's refusal to pay benefits to families of war veterans who died during covert military operations. The death of his wife Barbara Hummel on March 9, 1995 drove General Hummel over the edge, and now he's holding hostages in order to get his point across. Stanley is needed because General Hummel has stolen some VX gas warheads and has announced that he will launch them onto San Francisco unless his demands are met. Stanley knows how to disarm the bombs, but Stanley needs someone who knows Alcatraz well enough to get him inside. That man is former British intelligence agent John Patrick ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and a sex scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Roca  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,604,935 (UK) (19 July 1996)


$134,006,721 (USA) (8 November 1996)

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2.35 : 1
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In 2016 the Chilcott report on Britain's involvement in toppling Saddam Hussein noted that one agent who had falsified claims about observing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq had based his description of them on the nerve gas missiles featured in this film. See more »


(at around 1h 40 mins) Mason tries to open his cell door by manipulating the door lever using the torn duvet cover. At first he hits the one opening the cell next to his own, and as he gets it right on the second try we see that the lever falls down as the door goes up. However, the lever that opened the first door is still in the upright position. See more »


[first lines]
General Hummel: Congressman Weaver and esteemed members of the Special Armed Services Committee, I come before you to protest a grave injustice... It has to stop.
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1 May 2004 | by (milton keynes) – See all my reviews

The Rock was an awesome film to see in the cinema. Over the top action, amasing driving scenes, an all round enjoyable film. Excellent casting of Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage, interesting idea, ex-military take tour hostage and threaten chemical warfare. But it's all in a days work for the FBI. Scientist risks life and limb to rescue city while pregnant girlfriend looks on. Sean Connery' character is portrayed as a hard ex SAS spy and Nicholas Cage is the mild mannered Scientist/Chemical Expert. Good film, not too taxing on the brain and overall, very enjoyable! A must see for Action Fans.

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